I really rate my new Mazda 6 - what rating will you award it in your column?

I have recently purchased a new Mazda 6 2.0-litre Sport Nav Tourer 165PS petrol model. I am delighted with this car and must take issue with your colleague Andrew English who commented that he found the ride a little harsh with a vibration through the steering. I can only assume that his test model needed the wheels balanced properly as I have found no such problem in my car and the ride and comfort is outstanding. He also states he thinks the car expensive. If he priced it against a Audi A6 (same length), BMW 5 Series or a Merc E Class with the same extensive amount of standard kit as on the Mazda I think he would change his mind.

The i-stop, i-eloop and SKYACTIV technology work extremely well and the petrol consumption, although nowhere near the EC figure, is still good. I get 37mpg in and around town and 44mpg on a long journey. I think the finish and build quality is of a very high standard. I believe from your column that you have been using a Mazda 6 saloon and I will be interested in your views of the car. I think it definitely should be awarded four stars, not three out of five.

Asked on 2 November 2013 by RL, Basingstoke

Answered by Honest John
I concur. We award it five stars. I've done 11,000 miles in a 2.2d 150 SE-L Nav auto at an average 50.7mpg, but that is on the more 'sensible' 17-inch wheels with 55 profile Toyo Proxes tyres. There will be times when you feel the bumps through those 19s, and they can be noisy on some road surfaces, but the ride is still OK. It's currently the best car in its class. The new Mondeo and Vignale will have to be sensational to beat it.
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